A Complete Manual of Amateur Astronomy: Tools and Techniques for Astronomical Observations

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9780131621077: A Complete Manual of Amateur Astronomy: Tools and Techniques for Astronomical Observations

A virtual field guide to the sky, this concise, highly readable book provides amateur and student astronomers with the practical knowledge needed to observe and explore a myriad of fascinating phenomena and engage in numerous experiments and projects. From learning how to use telescopes and astronomical photography to studying planetary rotations, supernovae, and spectacular meteor showers, this book covers a broad range of topics that will delight and stimulate anyone with an interest in the infinitely deep and ever-changing heavens. Contents: 1. The Selection of a Telescope. 2. Instrument Setup and Maintenance. 3. Observations of Meteors. 4. Comets: A Guide to Observation, Photography, and Discovery. 5. Amateur Studies of the Sun. 6. Lunar Topography. 7. Lunar Occultations. 8. Mars: The Red Planet. 9. Jupiter: An Amateur's Guide to Research Projects. 10. Observations of Saturn. 11. Visual Photometry of the Minor Planets. 12. Studies of Variable Stars. 13. An Introduction to Photoelectric Photometry. 14. Astrophotography for the Amateur Astronomer. Glossary. Appendices. Index. 124 Figures. 26 Halftones. 37 Tables.

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Concise, highly readable book discusses the selection, set-up, and maintenance of a telescope; amateur studies of the sun; lunar topography and occultations; observations of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the minor planets and the stars; an introduction to photoelectric photometry; and more. 1981 edition. 124 figures. 26 halftones. 37 tables.

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